Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge

Here are some of our suggestions to enjoy a fun-filled short break with the family along the Causeway Coastal Route.  From what to do, where to stay and where to eat, we've got you covered.


What to do

Pull on your wetsuit and ride the waves in Portrush with Alive Surf School.  Suitable for children from five years upwards, the 2 hour lesson is sure to get the whole family laughing while making precious memories.

Challenge the family and see who is the bravest to tackle the Carrick-A-Rede Rope Bridge.  Don't look down as you make your way across to the other side - all while suspended 30 metres above sea level!

Walk in the footsteps of giants - Finn McCool to be precise, at the Giant's Causeway.  These stone columns were the result of volcanic eruptions over 60 million years ago - or if you prefer the folklore version, it was carved from the coast by Finn McCool himself.

Pay a visit to Dunluce Castle, the medieval 17th century castle perched precariously on a cliff edge - some of which actually fell off into the sea during a particularly stormy night back in 1639.  This magical setting was also inspirational to CS Lewis when writing his legendary works.

Stop off at the quaint little harbour at Ballintoy.  With its sandy coves, rock pools and secluded bays, it makes for a picturesque pit-stop and has charming tea rooms, shops and restaurants.

Hit the high seas and explore the area by rib boat on a sea safari with Abháinn Cruises

Where to eat

Ursa Minor - a real bread bakery and cafe based in Ballycastle.

Morton's Fish and Chip Shop in Ballycastle - does what it says on the tin, delicious fish and chips by the seaside.

The Creamery Can - a little gem offering authentic, homemade delights just outside Ballymena. 

Thyme and Co - a distinctive, stylish cafe in the heart of Ballycastle.

Mini Maegden Grilled Cheese food truck - in a field close to the Giant's Causeway refuel on gourmet grilled cheese, handmade sweet treats and speciality drinks from the hatch of this 1950s caravan.

Roark's Kitchen - this great little gem at Ballintoy Harbour is the perfect place to stop and enjoy homemade delights right next to the sea.

The Nook - close to the Giant's Causeway, this former schoolhouse has been restored and offers fresh, tasty, homemade produce with daily specials.

Where to stay

Duneden Cottage - a cute little 2 bedroomed property located in Randalstown.  The kids will love the secluded twinkly-lit secluded garden with its own playhouse - the adults will love relaxing inside in the modern and contemporary surroundings of the house.

Bath Lodge - set in a stunning location and with direct access to the beach in Ballycastle, a generous selection of outdoor games equipment and lawn games, this is the perfect base for your stay along the Causeway Coastal Route.

Lodge Hotel - ideally located in Coleraine, this hotel with family bunk rooms, is a short drive to the area's local attractions and seaside towns including Portrush and Portstewart, Dunluce Castle and the Giant's Causeway.  The on-site restaurant offers menus for children.

Inn on the Coast - this family friendly hotel offers a separate games area to keep the young ones entertained while the adults chill out by the open fire.  Situated in Portrush, this is an ideal location to explore the surrounding area.

Your family break along the Causeway Coastal Route starts now.  Tell us about your trip at #discoverni.

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